Hope you all have a great Christmas, enjoy the holiday break and hopefully the weather plays it's part and you manage to get in some speedway meetings too. If anyone is feeling particularly Santa-like, I'd love a copy of the programme from the NZ Superstock title in Christchurch, unfortunately my budget doesn't stretch enough to cover going but I'm sure it will be a fantastic meeting as always, quite possibly the best chance for a Mainlander to do what only Craig Boote has managed and get that elusive 1nz.
Even though he gave us all a good scare this year, big thanks go to Macgor for running the best website around, not a day goes by without checking out what's happening in the speedway world and obviously the opportunity to link to his site and be involved is quite a buzz for me too.
Sunday, December 14, 2008
Auckland Saloon & Sidecar Champs
Usually this meeting is abandoned rather than taking on the 'Christmas in the Park' celebrations, not this year though. The pits were full of cars including a few new ones but as expected the crowd was on the lighter side. Was a pity too as WP started the meeting with a hiss and a roar, Superstocks, Stockcars and then Modifieds as the first three races was pretty impressive with big fields for all. The meeting raced along at a good pace and I thought this is such a pity that more people aren't witnessing a decent meeting at WP. In fact there wasn't a single disappointing class, big numbers and great racing in the featured two classes (Saloons and Sidecars) with the eventual winners being 48a Phil Towgood and the 49p Sidecar from Palmerston North.
The only downer of the whole night unfortunately was the 'Girl Power' stockcar racing as some sort of tie-in to a TV show, it took up alot of time and was boring to say the least. It happened right after the completion of the first round of racing and after the girls had their painfully slow race the track was watered (too heavily) which caused the cancellation of the Ministock race just as they were about to line up only to be sent back to the pits. The saloons were then brought out to circulate then have their second heat. Suddenly 30 odd minutes have passed with no racing and a meeting that was humming went pear shaped. Thankfully things were brought back on track (excuse the pun) and the night finished well. Good signs though as far as competitor numbers go and any club running Superstocks, Stockcars, Modifieds, and Saloons on the same night are on to a winner in my opinion, basic speedway done well, just leave the TV stuff for another night...
Meeting rating : 6.5/10